Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

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More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

You could save $816 a month if you switch from driving to public transportation for your commute.

American Public Transportation Association

Upcoming Events
6th Annual Arlington Fun Ride

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Walk/Bike to School Day

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Columbus Day - Commuter Stores, call centers OPEN

Monday, October 10, 2016

U.S. FreedomWalk Festival

Friday, October 14, 2016

Events Calendar

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
827
14th Street Bridge
2692
Arlington Mill Trail
372
Ballston Connector
412
Bluemont Connector
294
CC Connector
861
Clarendon EB bike lane
238
Custis Bon Air Park
1296
Custis Rosslyn
1879
Fairfax EB bike lane
188
Joyce St NB
32
Joyce St SB
29
Key Bridge East
1424
Key Bridge West
888
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
31
MVT Airport South
2542
Quincy NB bike lane
120
Quincy SB bike lane
126
Roosevelt Bridge
619
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1660
TR Island Bridge
1649
WOD Bon Air Park
1003
WOD Bon Air West
1757
WOD Columbia Pike
867
WOD East Falls Church
1360
Wilson WB bike lane
283

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
1009
14th Street Bridge
316
Arlington Mill Trail
767
Ballston Connector
445
Bluemont Connector
415
CC Connector
492
Custis Bon Air Park
471
Custis Rosslyn
520
Joyce St NB
74
Joyce St SB
91
Key Bridge East
2813
Key Bridge West
1404
MVT Airport South
209
Roosevelt Bridge
164
TR Island Bridge
879
WOD Bon Air Park
725
WOD Bon Air West
806
WOD Columbia Pike
1440
WOD East Falls Church
406

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
7959797
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